The Surprising Science of Happiness (TED Talks)

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  1. Are you good at predicting what will make you happy?
  2. Are you surprised by Dan Gilbert’s findings? Do you believe him?
  3. What is synthetic happiness?
  4. Can you think of any examples of your synthesizing happiness?
  5. What does the example with Monet prints prove?
  6. What does the example with photos prove?
  7. What is happiness for you?



to triple — to become, or to make something, three times as much or as many

frontal lobe — лобная доля головного мозга

overhaul (of the human skull) = an examination of a machine or system, including doing repairs on it or making changes to it (переработка, изменение)

to contemplate = to think about whether you should do something, or how you should do something

paraplegic = suffering from paraplegia (= loss of control or feeling in the legs and lower body)

to reveal = to make something known to somebody

bias = strong feeling in favour of or against one group of people, or one side in an argument, often not based on fair judgement

to floor = to surprise or confuse somebody so that they are not sure what to say or do

This almost floors me.

to synthesize — синтезировать

adversity = a difficult or unpleasant situation

cognitive (process) = connected with mental processes of understanding

disgrace = the loss of other people’s respect and approval because of the bad way somebody has behaved

to resign in disgrace

shady = seeming to be dishonest or illegal

a shady deal

to accrue = to accumulate

to accrue wealth, power, prestige

to roll one’s eyes = to move your eyes upwards as a way of showing that you are annoyed or bored

to smirk = to smile in a silly or unpleasant way that shows that you are pleased with yourself

hedonistic = based on the belief that pleasure is the most important thing in life

to swap = to give something to somebody and receive something in exchange

returnable = that can or must be given back after a period of time

to deliberate = to think very carefully about something, usually before making a decision

conducive (to something) = making it easy, possible or likely for something to happen

 turgid = boring, complicated and difficult to understand

turgid prose

prudence = a sensible and careful attitude when you make judgements and decisions; behaviour that avoids unnecessary risks

bounded — ограниченный

to bound = to form the edge or limit of an area